Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo has issued an executive order to change her state’s official name and is calling upon voters to officially approve the change in November.
The state’s full title, “The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations,” is associated with slavery and therefore must be altered, Gov. Raimondo’s order claims.
“For many years, there has been a public discussion about removing the word ‘plantations’ from Rhode Island’s official name,” the order states. “Many of the State’s residents find it painful that a word so closely associated with slavery should appear in the official name of the State.”
“The pain that this association causes to some of our residents should be of concern to all Rhode Islanders and we should do everything in our power to ensure that all communities can take pride in our State.”